Selection Criteria

Our executive MBA admissions committees seek to enroll diverse classes. We recognize that people with different educational backgrounds, functional expertise, and industry knowledge can learn from each other. Therefore, we consider every application individually.

Qualities of admitted EMBA students

Cornell’s executive MBA programs are designed for ambitious professionals with considerable experience. Our EMBA programs are rigorous and fast-paced, and we want to ensure that you’re up to the challenge of balancing work, life, and academics.

Organizational excellence

When considering your professional experience, we are looking specifically at career progression, current responsibilities, career goals, and potential for advancement. If you’re applying to the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership program, we expect to see demonstrated career and leadership progression within healthcare-related fields.

Academic readiness

Cornell’s executive MBA programs are academically challenging and feature a strong quantitative emphasis. We closely review your prior academic performance to assess your ability to succeed in this environment. On occasion, we may require prerequisite coursework or the completion of the GMAT exam.

Class and team contributions

Collaboration is one of the keys to success in our executive MBA programs. Through classroom discussions and team assignments, you will learn with and from your classmates. Through your admissions essays and interview, we’ll have the opportunity to get to know you and how you will contribute in this environment.

Motivation and commitment

You should expect to dedicate at least 20 to 25 hours a week to your executive MBA program. Sustaining this level of intensity requires you—and those around you—to be motivated and committed to your success. We look forward to learning more about your plan to make the program fit into your life.

Next steps for prospective executive MBA candidates

We recommend you thoroughly review and research each of our executive MBA programs to determine which is the best fit for you.

If you’re getting ready to apply or want more information, you can: